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Go to: Debate - Hitchens, Harris, Dennett vs Boteach, D'Souza, Wright

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I would like to give a big Thank You to Hitchens, Harris, and Dennett. It must take an almost super-human ability to sit on the stage and listen to the other side give the same old arguments, the same old slanders, and the same old red herrings. I applaud you for taking your knowledge and passion to the public. Hopefully your words are heard by some; hopefully some can see through the hollow arguments of the other side.

Perhaps we could get a transcript of the religious side's speeches and then have a contest writing detailed rebuttals. (Probably to every word spoken.)

Thank you again for all your efforts.

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 06:57:00 UTC | #413730

Go to: Pastor Urges His Flock to Bring Guns to Church

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Reminds me of the old sayin', " The Lord, he made some men big and some men small, but Samuel Colt, he made all men equal."

Fri, 26 Jun 2009 19:44:00 UTC | #374127

Go to: Darwin shouldn't be hijacked by New Atheists - he is an ethical inspiration

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Well, I guess I'm one of these New Atheists, although I've been a regular old-time atheist for round about 40 years. Why am I vocal now? Because, the theists are stepping up their level of insisting upon Bronze Age myths in a world that cannot afford to live in the past.

Mon, 29 Dec 2008 20:27:00 UTC | #293614

Go to: Life after Jehovah's Witnesses: website offers help to followers who lose their faith

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I hope some of the US dollars we donate to RDF make their way into British pounds to help organizations such as this group.

exjw provides a banner for other websites to use. While richarddawkins,net does have an "Atheist Resources" link it might be nice to have a "recovering" link and a page of helpful resources

Tue, 06 May 2008 08:38:00 UTC | #166987

Go to: Deadly Sins 101

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To really understand about sin, try Father Guido Sarducci at

He knows all about the subject.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 21:02:00 UTC | #136647

Go to: This deadly religious resistance to vaccinations

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Yes, it is getting bad here in the US too
check out

Tue, 11 Dec 2007 23:53:00 UTC | #92880

Go to: A New Debate

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Instead of a quizz show, I'd be more interested in how they feel their views would be translated into policy.

Tue, 02 Oct 2007 22:35:00 UTC | #71919

Go to: Kansas State School Board Bans Pokemon Due to Evolution Content

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Okay so it's an April 1st hoax. But check out that picture. Then go to

Hum, did they get copyright permission?

Wed, 04 Apr 2007 14:18:00 UTC | #27400

Go to: The Dawkins Confusion: Naturalism ad absurdum

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To #23544 indeed my reading of Dr. Dawkin's vita shows a "Doctor of Philosophy" earned over 40 years ago.

And if as the author suggests a "smarter-than-thou tone," I must ask why would I wish to read from people dumber than me? (Oops, I just did!)

Thu, 01 Mar 2007 15:05:00 UTC | #21387

Go to: Blasphemy Challenge on FOX

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Response to #19632 "One can only hope it serves a small section of the population."

Unfortunately you find Fox News playing on TVs in bars and restaurants everywhere. It is even found in my doctor's office where small children wait in pain for medical help. Fox News may well be where the next generation gets educated!

Mon, 29 Jan 2007 07:58:00 UTC | #17650

Go to: Former exec in Irvine says he was fired over religion

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I have bought their products! An interesting new topic for this website would be to list what companies publically support religion. This would then guide my shopping to other competivate companies.

Wed, 24 Jan 2007 10:08:00 UTC | #16999

Go to: A Mission to Convert

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To answer his question of why so many books and article now? - Dover.

Mon, 25 Dec 2006 00:26:00 UTC | #12876

Go to: Richard Dawkins on the Mike Dickin Show

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To Ole (post #13537)

An easy source of information for beginners is at Wikipedia
and their main entry

Both of these entries have dozens of links so you can get more and more details.

Sun, 24 Dec 2006 15:41:00 UTC | #12818

Go to: 7 monks injured in clash over monastery

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Montaaanna, where men are men and sheep are scared.

( Montana - a US state near British Columbia)

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 14:21:00 UTC | #12348

Go to: The Blasphemy Challenge

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As Dawkins opened with Lalla's quote in the TGD, "But I didn't know I could." If a thousand and one youth realize they can - some may learn from this event. Some may hear of it and tremble in fear some may speak out just for the prize (and hopefully watch it). And a thousand and one DVDs will reach the youth not pushed on them but by effort on their part. All-in-all a noble effort with plenty of potential.

Oh, and needless to say - I deny the existance of a holy sprirt.
(although Oban comes close.)

Fri, 15 Dec 2006 19:46:00 UTC | #11290

Go to: Book a Day

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Hello Grey Wizard,

"Screed" is a wonderful word in this context. This is the age of sound-bites, a time when most people get their news from the television. Indeed schoolin' comes from the Discovery channel, a book over twenty pages becomes tedious. In a world where one good example is plenty, a systematic evaluation becomes harping.

To those who unable to change their mind no amount of discourse will succeeded. To those who have examined the conjectures and refutations it may be long, but then we are searching for pearls among the ground already covered. (And finding many.)

Thu, 07 Dec 2006 09:14:00 UTC | #10017

Go to: The end of one law for all?

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Ah, but we do have this in the U.S. Most civil cases end up in pre-court settlements. Sometimes we are required to settle by arbitration - outside of court. AND do forget "Judge Judy" (a television show for non-US folks) were both sides can resolve their legal problems without a goverment justice system.

Tue, 28 Nov 2006 17:41:00 UTC | #9504

Go to: Dawkins's version of the deity does not exist

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From the article:
"I leave it to Dawkins to suggest how these essentially spiritual powers were infused into the material brain of an anthropoid."

Well it is antidotal and therefore needs to be subjected to the rigors of experimentation, but I shall tell the tale anyway. I often camp in the Sierra Nevada of California. On this particular evening, I was sitting by the fire with my wife, between us slept our six month-old golden retriever puppy. A bear came into the campground and instantly this puppy was up, at the end of its leash, between us and the bear. Every hair on the dog was standing on end; a low growl towards the approaching bear. "Altruism" is not limited to the "material brain of an anthropoid." It exists in many places and it is not limited to the protection of one's own species. This animal in many ways helped reinforce the adage of "Man's best friend."

We, for our part, grabbed her and tossed her in into the cab of our truck, followed by both of us.

Sun, 19 Nov 2006 00:13:00 UTC | #8270

Go to: Stephen Colbert Interviews Richard Dawkins

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On the evolution of my car

Doctor Dawkins, I am responding to your assertion that some products such as cars and your book are intelligently designed. To look at the the car sitting in my driveway it would be simple to believe that somebody, a single somebody, sat down and created this marvel. Fuel injection, high performance tires, multi-speaker sound systems - it couldn't just happen. But it did. And the evolution of the automobile is only another example of improvement over time via natural selection. A walk through any junk yard is akin to digging for fossils. The record is there in rusted steel. In the bottom-most layer the skeletal remains have no radios, then AM and a single speaker on the middle of the dash; higher up you may find a 8-track player, my old Dodge had one. It may not be as impressive as an eyeball, but then it took less than a hundred years. I am an engineer, specifically a software engineer, and I design things. When I contemplate iPod technology coupled with voice dialing on cell phones, the old radio on the dash is a prime candidate for extinction.

Your latest book, which you hoped was intelligently designed, I suspect also went though various lives, losing a chapter here and gain more examples in other places. And the careful reader can discern an editor if they read no farther that page six. Yes, some people read the Preface. I would hypothesize that your office or computer's hard disk contain the various bits and pieces which only became frozen in time when the publisher demanded, "No more changes."

Natural selection is the great idea that the biological sciences have given the world. It explains so much in so many fields. It is a way of looking at systems.

Thu, 09 Nov 2006 00:45:00 UTC | #7277